By Albert C. Baugh, Kemp Malone
The paperback version, in 4 volumes, of this ordinary paintings will make it on hand to scholars. The scope of the paintings makes it priceless as a piece of reference, connecting one interval with one other and putting each one writer essentially within the environment of his time. Reviewing the 1st version, the days Literary complement commented: ‘in inclusiveness and in judgment it has few competitors of its kind’. this primary quantity covers the center a while (to 1500) in sections: The outdated English interval (to 1100) by means of Kemp Malone (John Hopkins University), and the center English interval (1100-1500) by means of Albert C. Baugh (University of Pennsylvania).
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But if this was their origin, their original function soon became secondary. The use of equivalents for poetical purposes is technically known as variation. We illustrate, first, with a few linear formulas. In Beowulf, 3076, Wiglaf maðelod Wihstanes sunu, the on-verse gives us needful information: namely, that the next passage is to be a speech by Wiglaf. The off-verse may be said to give us further information about the speaker, but since this same information had been given to us earlier (in line 2602) the chief function of the off-verse is hardly informative but rather poetic or (if you will) stylistic.
Malone, Namn och Bygd, XXII (1934). 30–31. 4 OE Annals, ed. Earle-Plummer (1892), pp. D. D. 597). W. , 1932), pp. 316–317. ” 5 Widsith, ed. Malone (1936), pp. 67–68; see also pp. 12–20. 32 THE OLD TRADITION: POPULAR POETRY 33 Ætla weold Hunum, Eormanric Gotum, Becca Baningum, Burgendum Gifica Attila ruled the Huns, Ermanric the Goths, Becca the Banings, Gifica the Burgundians. The first thula is a list of kings; each king (30 are listed) is identified in terms of the tribe he rules. The second thula, as we have it, consists of twenty lines (57–64, 68–69, 75, 79–87): ten single lines and five couplets.
The epitheton ornans and other commonplaces of the classical style are likewise rare in the spells. These vary much in literary merit, but they all have freshness and go. We will look at a few of them. The 13-line spell Wenne is marked by humor and lightness of touch. We quote in modernized form the first four and the last three lines: Wen, wen, wen-chicken, here thou shall not build nor have any homestead, but thou shalt [go] north from here, to the near-by hill. There thou hast a wretch of a brother….